Space Law Lands in Adelaide

(2017) 39(2) Law Society Bulletin 19.

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 188

Posted: 23 Oct 2018

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Matthew T. Stubbs

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: October 18, 2018


Space law is – literally and metaphorically – a new frontier, offering remarkable potential as a market for legal services as well as involving fascinating issues. And in 2017, Adelaide will be the world’s hub for space law activities! Human activity in space has come a long way since the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. No longer the domain of a select few superpowers or the stuff of science fi ction, with the advance of technology such as cubesats (satellites as small as 10x10x10cm) getting into space is within reach of even small and medium-sized enterprises. We don’t often stop to think how ubiquitous space is in our daily lives for communication, navigation and information. Humankind is highly dependent on activities in space for navigation (GPS), the internet, weather forecasting, disaster management, agriculture, and security. So, the next time you grab your smartphone before you go out – to check the weather, get directions or maybe see if any last-minute changes of plans have come by text or email – don’t forget that all this (and much more) relies on space. The following is a list of major space law activities taking place in Adelaide this year, with some suggestions for how to get involved.

Keywords: Manfred lach, Space law, Adelaide, University of Adelaide

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Stubbs, Matthew T., Space Law Lands in Adelaide (October 18, 2018). (2017) 39(2) Law Society Bulletin 19., U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 188, Available at SSRN:

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